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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Top Ten All Time Favourite Authors

I actually found this weeks TTT really difficult. I am a mood reader, so only pick up books when I fancy reading them. This means that although I may have really enjoyed a book by an author, I may not read another one by them for a few months, or even sometimes a year!

When the following authors release books, or I see one in a bookstore, charity shop or at the library I know that I am going to enjoy it. Although I may not have read all of their works – the ones that I have read I loved!

  1. Sophie Kinsella – my go-to chick lit author. I have such good memories of reading I’ve Got your Number whilst sipping a cocktail in Mexico. All of her books are fun and make perfect beach/holiday reads!
  2. Sarah J Maas – only discovered in the last year or so. I love the Throne of Glass series, it really got me back into fantasy. I need to get on to Heir of Fire now.
  3. M J Arlidge – also writes Silent Witness (a UK crime drama). His books are just so easy to read, gripping from the first page. I have The Doll’s House on my kindle waiting for me to read it.
  4. J K Rowling – do I need to explain?! I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read The Casual Vacancy or The Robert Galbraith books.
  5. Louise O’Neill – a relatively new addition. I read Only Ever Yours this year and loved it, seriously loved it. Even though this was a debut novel I’m really excited to see what Asking for It is like, due to be published in September 2015.
  6. Roald Dahl – a childhood favourite. I still love all of his books now, I hope Parker will one day too.
  7. Sara Gruen – I have only read Water for Elephants but it has stuck with me since I read it a few years back. I am desperate to read some more of her work as I am sure I will love it.
  8. Lucy Diamond – I picked up one of Lucy’s books in January this year. Again, the perfect chick lit author and perfect for reading at the beach. I am so pleased that there are so many more books to read.
  9. Neil Gaiman – Now, I have only read three books by Neil Gaiman. Two children’s books and a YA/Adult Novel. I enjoyed all three of them, and I’m sure that when I manage to pick up some more I will feel the same.
  10. Brandon Sanderson – I read Steelheart last year and really, really loved it! A fantastic fantasy book that I read in a few sittings. I have Book 1 in the Mistborn Trilogy on my kindle and am yet to read it, but I am sure that I will love it.

Happy Reading!

Stacie 🙂



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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Top Ten Books that I’ve added to my TBR recently

Again, this Top Ten Tuesday has been a little rushed this week. I’ve been so busy that I actually forgot all about it. I’ve simply picked the last ten books that I’ve added to my TBR pile via Goodreads.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
The Cage by Megan Shepherd
Liar Liar by M J Arlidge
The Doll’s House by M J Arlidge
The Asylum for Fairytale Creatures by Sebastian Gregory
The Boy in the Cemetery by Sebastian Gregory
This Book is Gay by James Dawson
Say Her Name by James Dawson

Sorry for the short and sweet post, but it has been a manic few days!

Happy Reading!



Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Top Ten Books from my childhood and teen years that I would love to revisit

Ah, I loved making this list! Although it was hard to narrow the list down to just ten. I will start with the books I read as a kid, and then move on to my teen years.


 Milly Molly Mandy Stories by Joyce Lankester Brisley // My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards
These books were a bit part of my childhood. I remember these being books I came back to again and again as I learnt to read. They were also read to me a lot, before bedtime – this is probably one of my fondest memories. The copies above are my original copies (that has sadly had a sticker added for embellishment, by my younger sister) that I will treasure forever.


The Secret Seven by Enid Blyton
I loved anything, absolutely anything by Enid Blyton. I even encouraged my younger sister to enjoy her books as a kid too. I loved the magical world she created, I always wanted to be in a secret society after reading these. The copies above are my collection that I made my husband rescue from the loft. I desperately want to re-read all of them! I am over the moon that I’ve found them, and that I chose to keep them in the first place.

        Jezebel             OscarGotTheBlame


Super Duper Jezebel & Oscar got the Blame by Tony Ross // The Jolly Postman by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

I loved other books by Tony Ross but these are the two that really stick in my mind. I loved the illustrations, and the comeuppance that Jezebel got in the end!

 Now, for my teen years;

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Goosebumps by R.L Stine
I absolutely loved this series, all of them were fantastic. They were the first ‘scary’ books that I ever really read. My mum used to buy me a new one every few weeks, I’m absolutely gutted that I don’t still have my copies.


Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Now, I know I mention this all the time, but seriously this was my childhood and teen years all rolled into one. I absolutely devoured this series, it has stayed with me and I would absolutely love to re-discover every book for the first time. I am currently introducing my 10 year old brother to the world of Hogwarts. Every time he reads one of the books (in the new gorgeous editions) I buy him the next one. He has just started The Goblet of Fire, my personal favourite. J.K Rowling is incredible, how does a mind work this creatively?!

Junk by Melvin Burgess
This was such a dark, poignant story for me. It really opened my eyes to the darker side of life, some of the scenes in this book I can still remember vividly now.

Angus, Thongs & Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
These books were absolutely hilarious to me as a teen. I loved the awkward situations Georgia found herself in, and hoped to God I didn’t find myself in a similar one. They were so true to life, and yet provided the perfect escape for me.


Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin
This is an absolutely fantastic book that I am determined to re-read one day. Jamila Gavin does not hold back as you are transported back into the 18th century. I suppose this was my first taste of historical fiction.I would highly recommend this book to everyone, please read it!

Have you read any of these? Do you still have any of your original childhood books?


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Top Ten Books I would classify as all time favourites from the past 5 years

I had to throw this post together really quickly this week – sorry about that. I have been teaching most nights so ‘free’ time is limited.

These are the books I would consider to be my all time favourites, from what I’ve read over the past 5 years. There is a real mixture here – fantasy, dystopian, romance, historical and crime/thrillers.

1. Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

2. The Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mockingjay

3. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

4. Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas

5. The Light Between Oceans by M.L Stedman

6. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

7. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

9. Pretty Little Things by Julianne Hoffman

10. PS I love you by Cecelia Ahern

Have you read any of these?

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


My 10 favourite book/TV/Film Heroines!


Celaena Sardothien – Throne of Glass


Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games


 Hermione Granger – Harry Potter


Tris – Divergent


Agatha – The School for Good and Evil



Zoe Saldana as Cataleya in ‘Columbiana’ (Film)

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Olivia Pope – Scandal (TV)

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Michonne – The Walking Dead (TV)

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Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in ‘Tomb Raider’

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Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow

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I loved thinking about this topic, I had so many more – it was hard to choose only 10.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Ten book related ‘problems’ I have..

1. I want to BUY all the books. ALL. OF. THE. TIME.
I’m sure this is a common problem that most book lovers or book bloggers have. I just can’t help it. I just love them and their prettiness. Doesn’t matter whether they are physical or digital.

2. I have more unread books than I will probably ever be able to read.
I have tried so many times to bring my TBR pile down, with no success. I don’t know whether to just admit defeat, I like buying books too much.

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3. I can’t stop requesting books on NetGalley.
I have so many to read (some that have been published a long time ago, shame on me) – I just haven’t got around to them all yet.

4. I am a sucker for a beautiful cover.
I tend to judge a book by its cover unfortunately. If I’ve never heard of a book before but the cover looks good, I will probably buy it.

5. I want book quotes plastered all around my house.
I want them on my walls, in frames, on mugs – everywhere. Especially Harry Potter ones. Standard.

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6. I desperately want my son to LOVE reading as much as I do.
Even though he is only 3 months old I always read a book to him before he goes to bed. I don’t see this one as a problem per se, just something that I want to happen and can only control to a certain extent.

7. I find it difficult to understand how people cannot enjoy reading.
My husband is a non-reader. In the eight years we have been together I have known him to read two books, and that was because we were on holiday – both times. Reading is such a passion of mine that I just feel like everyone should enjoy it.

8. I want to talk to people about books all the time.
I want to talk to my ‘real-life’ friends about books all the time, but none of them are big readers. This makes me sad. That’s why I love the book blogging community so much!

9. I’d always rather be reading.
Self-explanatory really. Nothing beats a good book, comfy sofa, pj’s, fluffy socks and a diet coke or hot chocolate (I don’t drink tea or coffee!).

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10. I don’t make use of my local library enough.
I know that I have a big TBR pile, but the library is such a fantastic resource – not just for reading. It’s completely free and I can reserve books using an app on my iPad. I really need to start using it more, for baby groups and to read those books I am dying to purchase – that I don’t really have the money to buy.

P.S Have you heard of OverDrive? It is a fantastic app that allows you to borrow eBooks on your devices, for free! I love it, use it quite frequently. I believe that they have most libraries available – in most countries. Check it out – did I mention it is free? I may do a separate post/review on it soon.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted buy The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they post a new topic and invite everyone to share their lists.


Ten things I like/dislike when it comes to romance in books

Okay, so I found this topic really quite tricky this week. I don’t really think I read too many ‘romance’ novels, although I read books that have romantic relationships in them (obvs!).

I have split this in half, firstly 5 things I love in romances:

1. I adore it when an author builds a relationship from a friendship first. I have rarely come across this in novels – I enjoy reading how two people who have a great friendship learn to love and cherish each other. I think this is so much more realistic. I know that my relationship with my husband was built up on friendship first.

2. It has to be realistic. Don’t give me relationships that are clearly false, pretentious and would never, ever happen. I think this is more important in chick-lit/contemporary novels as opposed to dystopian/sci-fi worlds.

3. Chemistry! There has to be chemistry in the relationship. I want that sparkle and fizz, the fitting together of two people like they should have always been together.

4. I like a gradual build up of feelings and emotions, that develop over time (linking back to #1 here slightly). Show me how two people get to know each other, however turbulent that journey might be.

5. Swoon-worthy, genuine male characters. I do love a bad boy, but not to the point of aggression/abuse. I think this is such a touchy topic, I know that important issues need to be written about. Give me a tall, dark, dreamy protagonist any day of the week.

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Things I dislike:

1. Insta-love! Cringe. I hate it when there is no build up in a relationship, I want to get to know them as individuals and follow their relationship as it blossoms.

2.When relationships cross the line into abuse/aggression (see #5 above).

3. Females that lose their identity because of a man. I like independent female characters, who stay true to themselves even when sucked in to the world of love and romance.

4. When relationships are unrealistic.

5. I’m not a huge fan of the New Adult type of genre/description of romance (think Fifty Shades of Grey, which I haven’t read as I couldn’t bring myself to). I cannot work out why – I am by no means a prude. It just makes me uncomfortable. I know that it is realistic, sex in relationships happens – I just find it difficult to read about it in graphic detail. I know that some people love this, it just isn’t for me.

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I actually found this week pretty tough but was determined to participate as I have done every TTT so far in 2015.

Happy Reading!

Stacie and Grant